Royal Bombay Yacht Club






Royal Bombay Yacht Club




Yachting and boat racing became popular with British residents in India in the early 19th century.  The oldest yacht club in Asia, which began in 1846 as the Bombay Yacht Club, was granted the prefix of “Royal” by Queen Victoria in 1876.  Overlooking Bombay (now Mumbai) Harbour, the grand clubhouse was built in 1880, and the Residential Chambers, designed to house 38 people, were created in the neo-Gothic style in 1897.


Yachting increased in popularity in 1911 when King George V and Queen Mary landed in Bombay.  When they visited the Royal Bombay Yacht Club, they promoted sailing between states, and by doing so started inter-club regattas.  Interest in yachting continued after the British left India.  It is a symbol of its past grandeur while remaining the top sailing club in the country.


Today the club sits opposite the Gateway of India, a monument overlooking Mumbai Harbour in the Colaba district, near the famous Taj Mahal Hotel.  It contains a library, billiards room, gym, and dining facilities.  Honorary membership is given to visiting sailors for a nominal fee.




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